The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has unveiled the 10 albums which have snapped up spots on its coveted shortlist.

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Award co-host Janice Forsyth announced the finalists at an event at The CCA in Glasgow to an audience including many of the longlisted artists. Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its fourth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland, and competition for the shortlist slots has been fierce.

The winner of this year’s public vote is Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love’, earning an automatic place on the shortlist after a 72 hour public vote which started on Monday 25 May. The remaining nine slots were awarded by The SAY Award’s panel of independent judges.


Belle and Sebastian (Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance)

Errors (Lease of Life)

Happy Meals (Apèro)

Honeyblood (Honeyblood)

Kathryn Joseph (Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled)

Paolo Nutini (Caustic Love) [Winner of the Public Vote]

PAWS (Youth Culture Forever)

Slam (Reverse Proceed)

The Amazing Snakeheads (Amphetamine Ballads)

Young Fathers (DEAD)

This year’s shortlist serves to highlight the very best in Scottish music, spanning a range of genres and audiences. Each shortlisted album wins the artist behind it a £1,000 prize and a one of a kind quilt from Glasgow School of Art graduate Vanessa Hindshaw.

Stewart Henderson, chair of the SMIA, said: “Reducing The SAY Award longlist to a shortlist of 10 is never an easy task but by all accounts this year’s process has been particularly painful. We can only wish the remaining titles the very best of luck and congratulate them on emerging from such an extraordinary crop of albums.”

Previous winners of The SAY Award include Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012), RM Hubbert (2013) and Young Fathers (2014) – who are also longlisted again this year for their album DEAD.

This year’s winner of The Scottish Album of the Year Award will be unveiled on Wednesday 17 June at a ceremony in the O2 ABC Glasgow. Hosted by Vic Galloway and Janice Forsyth, the ceremony is attended by the best of Scotland’s musical and creative talent.


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